You remember the scene. In the middle of the film Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly is walking around a future Hillsdale in the year 2015 when suddenly, on a large holographic television screen in the middle of the downtown an image comes up that reads, “Cubs win World Series, Sweep Miami. Way to go Cubbies.”
Are fantasy and reality connected? We are in the midst of the 2015 playoffs, and the Cubs are in the NLCS against the New York Mets, with the winner to take on either the Kansas City Royals or Toronto Blue Jays, (not the Miami Gators?) in the World Series. Give a lot of credit to the Cubs organization, its players and Joe Maddon; they have all embraced the movie as a sign of things to come, and aren’t afraid to believe in its mystic.
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Many Cubs fans, and baseball fans in general have pointed out that the movie is actually prognostication, with divine connections to end the curse of Murphy the Billy Goat.
Is there something to it? Should the Mets be wary of Back to the Future?
To be fair, it is not right to scoff at mystical baseball events as total hogwash.
In 2004 when the Boston Red Sox ended the Curse of the Bambino, they did so against the Yankees, the same team that took Babe Ruth from them in 1918. They erased a 3-0 series deficit behind the legs of Dave Roberts, the power of Johnny Damon, and the bloody sock of Curt Schilling. The Red Sox later swept the Cardinals in the World Series, the first of 3 world championships for the Sox in a nine-year span. The number 3 by the way was the Babe’s jersey. It also ended 86 years of losing. In 1986 the Red Sox lost to the Mets is the World Series.
See what I mean? If one wants to find hints of mystery and superstition they can because the sport of baseball allows us to do so. That’s why people believe in curses, superstitions, good luck and bad.
While it is nice to buy into superstition, the fact remains that it is up to the players to determine the real outcome. The Red Sox outplayed the Yankees and Cardinals in 2004. New York gave Boston a chance to erase a 3-0 series deficit and the Red Sox obliged.
This season, the Cubs have embraced the Back to the Future talk. They want to make it happen, because like any team in the playoffs, they want to win the World Series. If it makes the movie stand up, so be it.
As for the Mets, they can’t worry about the karma from Back to the Future, or Rookie of the Year, where the Mets lose to Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Chet Steadman (Gary Busey, before he went nuts). Nor can they fear that the Cubs are due payback for the black cat in 1969.
Nope, if the Mets need to be wary about anything in this series it is the fact they need to get David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes hitting. They should also be more concerned about dealing with Jake Arrieta on the mound, and Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Starlin Castro at the plate.
Like I said to a Yankee fan, the Mets know what they are up against outside the lines. They also know they are facing a great baseball team that won 97 games this season. If the Cubs beat the Mets, so be it. The talent will speak for itself. To the fans, and the media however, a Cubs win means the legend will grow.